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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 - 7

study: Anonymity
in HIV test spurs
more ear ly tsig

Regental candidates
debate tuition increases


Newsday steps to c
Anonymous testing for the AIDS virus, and
virus appears to spur people to get ment, w
tested early and to obtain medical impact qua
care, some researchers state in an Testing
article in this week's Journal of the cumstances
American Medical Association. care, helpi
A second, government study in AIDS long
the same issue studied a different positive,
aspect of HIV testing. Researchers found.
rthe U.S. Centers for Disease The res
ntrol and Prevention found that in Arizona
HIV testing and reporting by name Missouri,
did not significantly affect the Carolina, O
amount of testing in publicly funded Those
clinics. testing too
HIV testing has been the subject to develop
of debate among AIDS advocates, nosed wit
with some arguing that if testing is received t
not anonymous, people will refrain attached t
from being tested for the human develop Al
,munodeficiency virus, which The res
'uses AIDS. the confide
One study in this week's Journal longer to g
of the American Medical Association got sicker .
found that people who knew they The sec
would remain anonymous got tested testing by
earlier for HIV than those who knew found no
their identities would be known number of
although their medical files would clinics in
be kept confidential, testing wit
In anonymous testing, a patient's In fact,
name is not known, whereas in con- New Jersey
ential testing, the person's name researchers
linked to a blood specimen and occurred ev
recorded in a medical file to be kept give their m
private. In Loui
Dr. Andrew Bindman of the testing de
University of California, San and 2 perc
Francisco, the lead author of the Still, D
first JAMA article, said: lead resea
"Anonymous testing is associated said ano
with earlier diagnosis of HIV infec- encourage
on, which means persons who er" althoug
ow they are HIV-positive can take much impa
Continued from Page 1
The naming of the room was never brought
before the Vice President for Development Susan
Feagin, who would have considered the original
choice to accept the anonymous gift.
Weisskopf said he would have made the deci-
n to rescind the naming of the room even if the
cipient was someone other than Cohen who does
not have an extremely public and controversial
political position.
"The fact is, everyone knows Carl Cohen is an
opponent of some University admission policies,
and because the debate is so highly charged, it is
natural that people will interpret my decision as
involving affirmative action," Weisskopf said.
"Although I can understand that, I regret that peo-
le are interpreting it that way."
Cohen, who said he was "greatly honored and
deeply pleased" with the original decision to
name the room after him, is known as an outspo-
ken opponent of the University's admissions pro-
"I oppose preference by race - for whites, and
for any skin color," Cohen said. "I oppose the incor-
poration of preference by race in admissions."
Weisskopf called the decision to revoke the
name a "no-win situation," adding that the pro-

ontrol the spread of the
to earlier follow-up treat-
hich can significantly
ality and length of life."
under anonymous cir-
s led to earlier medical
ng to stave off full-blown
ger in those who tested
the JAMA researchers
earchers surveyed patients
a, Colorado, Mississippi,
New Mexico, North
)regon and Texas.
who received anonymous
k 1,246 days on average
AIDS after being diag-
'h HIV while those who
esting with their names
took only 718 days to
earchers believe those in
ential testing group waited
get tested and, as a result,
ond JAMA article on HIV
the CDC researchers
significant decline in the
HIV tests provided after
six states unplemented
h names attached.
, in Nebraska, Nevada,
and Tennessee, the CDC
found, testing increases
ven though patients had to
names to be tested.
siana and Michigan, HIV
creased by 10.5 percent
ent, respectively.
)r. Allyn Nakashima, the
rcher for the CDC study,
nymous testing "may
people to get tested earli-
gh she doesn't thick it has

Continued from Page 1.
work for higher education funding. That
may explain the consistency among
opposing candidates for the state repre-
sentative seats of the 52nd and 53rd
Districts when it comes to this issue.
"I have a firm belief that public
schools are what united us in the past
and will keep us together in the
future," said 52nd District
Democratic state Rep. candidate
John Hansen. "It's the particular fire
that put me in this race."
And his opponent, Republican Julie
Knight, said she also plans to support
funding increases for the University,
but wants to look at all options before
deciding the best path to take.
All of the regental candidates -
the potential controllers of the tuition
increases - say the state appropria-

tion does play a major role in the rate
of increase.
Outgoing state Rep. Jessie Dalman
(R-Holland), a candidate for
University regent, said she supports
freezing tuition for students at the
rate they paid when entering the
University. Brandon also supports a
review of tuition increases and said
he would not vote for a budget that
increased tuition above the rate of
"Higher education is in crisis
financially," Brandon said. "Tuition
rates are already very high."
Regent Phil Power (D-Ann
Arbor), running for re-election to
the University Board of Regents,
said freezing tuition would only hurt
the University because there will be
times that the state's funding will
not allow for the University to pros-

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posed naming of the room was not intended to be
an expression of the RC's support for Cohen's
"This is by far the toughest decision I've had to
make," Weisskopf said. "There were many good
reasons for preceding with the naming and for not
preceding ... the decision was bound to disappoint
many people and be judged as right by many peo-
Cohen has presented his views on the
University's admissions system to the American
Civil Liberties Union and has written statements on
the issue of race-based preferences, calling them
"morally wrong" - but also said he does support
the elimination of racism.
While Cohen said he does not support race-based
preferences, he said affirmative action is a separate
"Affirmative action involves many things that are
very honorable," Cohen said.
While the controversy surrounding Cohen is at
the forefront of Weisskopf's decision, Weisskopf
said University Housing policies are another factor.
RC sophomore Roderick Thompson said he and
the majority of RC students are actually aware of
the naming situation.
"There are two divisions among students,"
Thompson said. "One side says that regardless of the
issues, (Carl Cohen) was a founder of the RC and he's
a very big figure in the scheme of things. Others say

that because of politics, he is disqualified from having
the room named after him."
A plaque proclaiming the room the "Carl Cohen
Reading Room" had been displayed following the
room's completion, but has since been removed.
Some students have placed hand-made signs
scribbled with the words "Carl Cohen Reading
Thompson said many students feel the situation
would be different if it had not come in the midst of
the lawsuits.
Weisskopf said that at the time the decision to
name the room was made, there was significant
concern that the decision would reflect support for
Cohen's viewpoints.
"People thought we may do it in the context of
our desire to make a political point," Weisskopf
For now, Weisskopf said, the room will remain
unnamed, the original donation will be returned and
the RC will work on finding alternative ways to
honor Cohen, an individual who has dedicated
many years to the University.
"I've received so much response from people ...
all across the spectrum," Weisskopf said, adding
that some people think it is unfair and some sup-
port his decision. "If we had gone ahead and
named it, it would have been fair to Prof. Cohen,
but would have violated the values of the

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